Do you need to be outgoing to be an OT?

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garland79 in Garfield, New Jersey

20 months ago

Hello,

I am considering a career in OT and I am wondering if my personality would be a good fit for it. I have always been quiet and reserved for the most part. It tends to take me a little while to warm up to somebody new and feel comfortable around them. However once I warm up to them I definitely enjoy the company of others. I also enjoy helping people, and I prefer 1-on-1 interactions to being around groups of people. For these reasons I think OT could be a good fit, but I have some worries about whether you need to be very outgoing and sociable to be an OT. I would really appreciate hearing other people's feedback regarding this.

Thanks,
Bob

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Jennifer in Concord, North Carolina

20 months ago

garland79 in Garfield, New Jersey said: Hello,

I am considering a career in OT and I am wondering if my personality would be a good fit for it. I have always been quiet and reserved for the most part. It tends to take me a little while to warm up to somebody new and feel comfortable around them. However once I warm up to them I definitely enjoy the company of others. I also enjoy helping people, and I prefer 1-on-1 interactions to being around groups of people. For these reasons I think OT could be a good fit, but I have some worries about whether you need to be very outgoing and sociable to be an OT. I would really appreciate hearing other people's feedback regarding this.

Thanks,
Bob

I don't think you need to be outgoing but it would definitely help. When I was doing my observation hours for school, it seemed that the OTs were for the most part outgoing. I thought this was a good career choice for me because I am very outgoing. My best advice is to try and shadow in different areas of OT. I was able to observe in pediatrics, geriatrics, hospital setting, and a hand therapy setting, so there is a lot to see out there. Once you get to observe and probably interact with patients, you can determine if it is a good career fit for you. Good luck!

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OT_Student in Los Angeles, California

20 months ago

garland79 in Garfield, New Jersey said: Hello,

I am considering a career in OT and I am wondering if my personality would be a good fit for it. I have always been quiet and reserved for the most part. It tends to take me a little while to warm up to somebody new and feel comfortable around them. However once I warm up to them I definitely enjoy the company of others. I also enjoy helping people, and I prefer 1-on-1 interactions to being around groups of people. For these reasons I think OT could be a good fit, but I have some worries about whether you need to be very outgoing and sociable to be an OT. I would really appreciate hearing other people's feedback regarding this.

Thanks,
Bob

Hi Bob,
Your personality is like mine. You'll be just fine being an OT. Go for it!

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